JUNE 05, 2017


Prime Minister says 36 billion dollars are being spent on power projects with complete transparency to overcome power outages.

Infrastructure development work at 4,320 MW Dasu Hydropower Project is in full-swing in Kohistan district.

Minister of State for Information says PML-N government has taken pragmatic measures during four years of its tenure to overcome challenges facing the country.

Sindh budget for next financial year with a total outlay of 1043 billion rupees was presented in provincial assembly today.

Discussing the federal budget for next fiscal year, Opposition Leader has stressed the need to address internal and external challenges facing the country.

Foreign Office spokesman says SCO membership validates the efficacy of Pakistan's foreign policy.

Pakistan Army says it is committed to maintain peace along Line of Control and Working Boundary but any Indian misadventure will be responded with full force.

Turkey and Iran have called for dialogue to resolve the dispute between Qatar and other Arab states.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says power generation projects are being completed on fast track basis and thousands of megawatt of electricity will soon be added to the national grid to resolve power outages.

Addressing workers of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz in Lahore today, he said thirty-six billion dollars are being spent on power projects.

The Prime Minister said 112 billion rupees were saved in 3600 megawatt LNG-power projects.

He said power generation reached its highest level of over nineteen thousand megawatt two days back which is a record in the country's history.

He said law and order in the country has improved significantly and economic indicators have also picked up.

The Prime Minister appreciated Punjab government for completing record development projects in the province and termed Orange line and metro bus projects real service of the masses.

Meanwhile, chairing a high-level meeting in Lahore, the Prime Minister directed quality control, transparency and timely completion of all projects under the 2017-18 Annual Development Programme of Punjab.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the pace of progress and said his government's focus is on welfare of the masses.

He said the objective of the projects should be to provide maximum relief to the people and ensure availability of all facilities at their door steps.

The construction work on infrastructure development at the proposed Dasu Hydropower Project of 4,320 MW is in full-swing in Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

These include relocation of Karakoram Highway, construction of right bank access road and 132 KV transmission line from Duber Khwar hydropower plant to Dasu at a cost of about nineteen billion rupees.

According to WAPDA sources, the construction work on first phase of 2160 MW Dasu Project will be started soon.

For this purpose, the government has awarded two contracts to a Chinese firm for carrying out the main civil works.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif led PML-N government completed four years of its tenure today.

The Prime Minister was sworn-in as 18th Prime Minister of Pakistan on June 5, 2013.

In a message on the occasion, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said Nawaz Sharif has the honour of being third-time elected Prime Minister of the country.

She said the Prime Minster during these years took pragmatic measures to deal with challenges confronting Pakistan.

The Minister of State said historic census process was completed after nineteen years under the visionary leadership of Nawaz Sharif.

She said the Prime Minister gave first internal security policy of country's history due to which back of terrorists has been broken and peace restored in Karachi and Balochistan.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said that record enhancement has been witnessed in energy production and China Pakistan Economic Corridor project is a great gift to nation by the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister's Advisor Engineer Ameer Muqam says the federal government has allocated ninety-two billion rupees for development of FATA and rehabilitation of Temporarily Displaced Persons.

Addressing a news conference in Peshawar today, he said federal government is committed to introduce reforms in tribal areas.

Ameer Muqam said the PML-N government has initiated a number of developmental projects for welfare of people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

State Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar says present government is striving to eliminate all crippling diseases from the country including polio.

While talking to journalists at Hafizabad today, she said government is providing better healthcare facilities to the people and new hospital are being established in remote areas.

Sindh’s annual budget for the financial year 2017-18 was presented in the Sindh Assembly today with a total outlay of more than 1.043 trillion rupees.

Presenting the budget in the House, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who also holds the portfolio of Finance Minister, said the province will receive over six hundred and twenty seven billion rupees from federal government in various heads.

He announced to provide forty-nine thousand jobs in various sectors including ten thousand recruitments in police department to meet shortage of staff.

The Chief Minister informed that education sector has been accorded the highest priority with allocation of 202.2 billion rupees while health sector’s allocation is 100.32 billion rupees which is 26 percent more as compared to the current financial year.

Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair has said the highly educated and capable youth having innovative approach are playing a pivotal role in progress of the country.

This he said while addressing a delegation of youth from engineering, information technology, education, health and other sectors.

Governor said with completion of CPEC project, Pakistan will enter the new era of progress and prosperity.

The National Assembly resumed general discussion on the budget for the next fiscal year.

Taking part in the discussion, Leader of the Opposition Khurshid Shah said no relief has been provided to the common man in the federal budget. He said country is facing a number of internal and external challenges and these need to be addressed in an effective manner.

He said Opposition has reservations over not broadcasting live his speech on the federal budget. Later, the opposition members staged a walk out from the House to record their protest.

Taking the floor, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said if opposition members are sincere in resolving the problems facing the country, they should participate in the parliamentary proceedings to chalk out proper strategy to address these challenges. However, he said the government is making all out efforts to address the challenges facing the country.

Speaking on the budget, Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema said increase in the defence budget is a good omen and it has been appreciated by all segments of the society.

Shezra Mansab Ali proposed that markup rate on industrial and agricultural loans should be reduced.

Mian Abdul Mannan said allocation of more than one thousand billion rupees for development projects will bring prosperity in the country and improve living standard of the common man.

Khalil George described the budget as people friendly and said measures proposed in the budget will open new avenues of development and job opportunities.

Tahira Aurangzeb lauded the government for allocation of huge funds for energy sector, which will help overcome energy shortage in the country.

Shakila Luqman congratulated Finance Minister for presenting a balanced budget.

Asiya Naz Tanoli called to enhance budget for Baitul Maal.

Arifa Khalid said substantial relief has been provided to common man by reducing tax tariff.

Tariq Christopher Qaiser appealed to the government to restore minority ministry.

The House has now been adjourned to meet again tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Taking part in the debate on the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year in Senate today, Yaqoob Nasir appreciated the steps taken by the government for bringing improvement in the security and economic situation of the country.

Sassui Palijo said the government has failed to achieve economic targets set for the fiscal year 2016-17.

Mir Kabir said small, medium and big dams should be constructed in Balochistan on war footing to address the issue of water shortage in the province. He said that new transmission lines should be installed in the province to meet its growing energy requirements.

Shibli Faraz said cultural activities need to be promoted in order to promote unity, harmony and project a soft image of the country.

Sardar Azam Khan Musakhel said the budget envisages incentives for elite class and industrialists but carries nothing for the common man. He said the decision regarding the future of FATA should be taken in accordance with the aspirations of tribal people.

The chair adopted an adjournment motion for discussion regarding stay in execution of Kulbhushan Jahdav granted by the International Court of Justice.

The motion was moved by Siraj-ul-Haq.

The house will now meet tomorrow morning at 11 am.

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that moderate forces should join hand to eliminate the evils of terrorism and extremis from the world.

He was addressing an Iftar hosted in the honor of ambassadors of different countries in Islamabad this evening.

The President said Pakistan took a bold step to eliminate terrorists and extremists despite having limited resources, which is an example for the world.

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says the upcoming SCO Summit will provide Pakistan a forum to effectively implement its agenda of regional connectivity.

Talking to Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel today, he said the summit being held in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday is a milestone in Pakistan's foreign policy as the country will get full membership of the Organization.

Foreign Office spokesman said the summit will provide an opportunity to member countries to enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan is looking forward to strengthening its ties with all member countries of SCO.

Interior Ministry has rejected as baseless and ridiculous the allegation by a political party that the Ministry is responsible for leakage of Hussain Nawaz's photo.

In a statement today a spokesman of the Ministry said the Interior Ministry and Islamabad Police have no jurisdiction over the administrative matters of the Federal Judicial Academy.

The statement clarified that no department of the Ministry has access to JIT's offices, activity or any kind of photography or recording.

It said Islamabad Police are responsible only for the external security of the Academy.

The Spokesman said it was not reasonable to politicize such a sensitive issue.

The senior most judge of Supreme Court Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has taken oath as acting Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan administered the oath to justice Asif Saeed Khosa in a simple but impressive ceremony here in Supreme Court today.

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa will discharge the responsibilities as acting CJP due to departure of CJP Mian Saqib Nisar to China on official visit .
Judges of SC, senior lawyers and Attorney General of Pakistan and others attended the oath taking ceremony .

Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says NAB has devised a proactive and comprehensive National Anti-Corruption Strategy.

He made these remarks while chairing a meeting to review performance of all wings of NAB Headquarter in Islamabad today.

Speaking on the occasion, he said feedback received about the initiatives taken by the present management of NAB is very encouraging as today NAB's conviction ratio is about 76 percent which is a remarkable achievement in investigation of white collar crimes.

Special cells for redressal of grievances of Overseas Pakistanis will be established in Supreme Court and High Courts of Pakistan.

Decision to this effect was taken in the light of National Judicial Policy making Committee.

The cells can be approached by Overseas Pakistanis through email for redressal of their grievances.

Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan Takashi Kurai called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi today.

They discussed regional situation and matters of mutual interests.

In his remarks, the Army Chief expressed the hope that Japan will continue to play a positive role for peace and stability in the region.

The Japanese envoy appreciated the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in the war on terror. He said his country wants to strengthen relations with Pakistan in all spheres.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited CMH Rawalpindi today and inquired after the health of Pakistani climber Abdul Jabbar Bhatti who had recently scaled the Mount Everest.

He congratulated him on his successful climb to the world highest mountain.

A special hotline contact between Director Generals of Military Operations of Pakistan and India today in the backdrop of recent ceasefire violations by Indian forces along Line of Control and Working boundary.

Pakistan DGMO Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza told his Indian counterpart that killing of innocent civilians and inadvertantly crossers is highly unprofessional and unsoldierly.

He also asked for actionabale evidence regarding alleged infiltration.

Pakistan DGMO said Pakistan Army is committed to maintain peace and tranquility along LoC and Working boundary, howerver any Indian misadventure shall be responded with full force.

India has released two Pakistani children who inadvertently crossed the border adjacent to the Narowal district last year.

According to officials, Pakistani High Commission in India had raised the issue with the Indian authorities.

The boys will reach Pakistan later today through Wahga Border.

Children hail from Sheikhupura and Narowal.

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider says time has come to raise the longstanding issue of Kashmir at the UN Security Council.

Talking to media in Islamabad today, he said India wants displacement of over half million population living along the LoC, but valiant forces of Pakistan are effectively foiling enemy's attempts.

Raja Farooq Haider said India wants to escalate tensions on the Line of Control by targeting civilian population .

The AJK Prime Minister said the government and the people of Azad Kashmir fully support Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Kashmir policy.

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred four more Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter in Bandipore district today.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the killings led to intense clashes between protesters and Indian forces in Sumbal. Many protesters were injured when troops fired teargas shells, stun grenades and pepper gas on them.

The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani while paying tributes to the martyred youth in a statement said the stubbornness of Indian rulers was behind the bloodshed in the territory.

On the other hand, an Indian army soldier committed suicide in Rajouri town.

An international peace conference called 'Kabul Process' will be held in Afghan capital tomorrow.

Representatives of around twenty eight countries and organizations including Pakistan will attend the meeting, which aims to build international support on ways to restore security in the country.

According to presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi, the Kabul Process is meant to reach a global and regional consensus for peace in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, strict security measures have been taken in Kabul in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the capital.

Turkey will strip citizenship of one hundred and thirty people suspected of links with militants.

A notice published by Turkish Interior Ministry also includes names of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party lawmakers Faysal Sariyildiz and Tugba Hezer, and a former lawmaker Ozdal Ucer.

The notice says the suspects would be stripped of Turkish nationality unless they return to Turkey within the time limit and apply to the relevant authorities.

Turkey has called for dialogue to resolve the dispute between Qatar and other Arab states.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu while addressing a news conference in Ankara today said his country feels saddened by this development.

He said dialogue must continue for problems to be resolved peacefully.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar today, accusing it of supporting terrorism and extremist groups in the region.

These countries said they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar and expel Doha's diplomats from their territories.

Saudi Arabia has also announced to shut its land border with Qatar, effectively cutting off Doha from rest of the Arabian Peninsula.

Iran says political and peaceful methods should be used to resolve crisis among the Arab Gulf countries.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman in a statement called for a clear and explicit dialogue among the feuding nations.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu discussed the recent developments in a phone conversation.

In the United Kingdom, raids and searches continue in capital London following Saturday's terror attack.

London Police's counter terrorism troops entered two more areas in Newham and Barking and took a number of people into custody.

Meanwhile, UK's political parties resumed their general election campaigns today after a day-long suspension after the attack.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the general election will go ahead on Thursday as planned.

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